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Dear Parents;

 

Hello, my name is KimberLeigh Nagel and I will be your child’s teacher this school year. I am extremely excited about the new school year at Creekview Elementary School. 

 

I grew up on a family farm in West Bend, Wisconsin.  I earned my B.A. in Elementary/Special Education from Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN.  I completed my M.Ed. in Special Education/Assessment at the University of Guam in Mangilao, GU.  I have specific training in working with students with dyslexia and autism.  I also attend as much new training as possible in the area of special education and new practices.  

 

This is my 24th year of teaching and I have worked with special education the entire time. This is my fourth year in Tomball ISD. I have previously taught in Natchitoches, Louisiana (10 years); Georgetown, TX (2 years); Round Rock,TX (4 years); and Talofofo and Inarajan, Guam (4 years).  I have also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA in the Special Education program (7 years).

 

My husband is an educator as well, so teaching and learning is extremely important to us.  We have three beautiful daughters.  Addison is in 7th grade, Lindsay is in 5th grade and KayLeigh is in 4th grade.  We love to travel as a family.  Showing our girls the world and the possibilities in it is very important to us.  

 

I would like to welcome you and your child to our classroom. We have many new and exciting things planned this school year.

 

Mrs. KimberLeigh Nagel

 

Recent Posts

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week will be the last full week of October.  Activities for the week are as follows:
 
Monday, October 23rd: Red-y to Live a Drug Free Life (wear red clothing)
Tuesday, October 24th: Turn Your Back on Drugs (wear shirts and hats backward)
Wednesday, October 25th: Unity Day (wear orange clothing)
Thursday, October 26th: Team Up Against Drugs (wear your favorite sports jersey)
Friday, October 27th: Our Future is Key (dress up as your future career)

Timber Creek/Creekview Monster Howl

     Timber Creek has graciously volunteered to assist us in hosting the Monster Howl this year.  They are in need of candy donations, which can be sent to school with your child and I will get them to the office.  They also need volunteers throughout the evening.  You can sign up with the following link:
 

Science Experiment-Texture

     Today we did an amazing science experiment!  We are talking about the sense of touch.  We looked at various items and their textures: hard, soft, slick, rough, bumpy. 
     The experiment used raisins, with their rough exterior texture.  The kids dropped small raisins into a glass of white soda (Sprite).  As the bubbles in the soda caught in the rough surface of the raisins, they would float to the top.  Once at the top, the bubbles would pop and the raisins would sink to the bottom again.  
     This would be a wonderful experiment to replicate at home if you are interested.

Open House/Parent Orientation Night

Dear Parents,

         Open House/Parent Orientation Night is scheduled for our class this Thursday, September 20th. We will use this time to look at what is going on in our program and what we are planning. The evening is being segmented into two rotations so parents will be able to attend two classes. I highly recommend that you visit with your child’s inclusion teacher during one of the rotations if he has time in a grade level classroom (Kindergarten-Mrs. Williams, First Grade-Ms. Major). This is what the schedule for the evening looks like:

5:45 - PTO, Watch D.O.G.S., Specials, Bond Information
6:00 - Introduce Teachers
6:15-6:55 - Classroom Rotation 1
6:55 - Change Rooms
7:00-7:40 - Classroom Rotation 2

I will be going over the basis for our alternate curriculum during the first rotation (6:15-6:55). This information will be more useful for our kindergarten parents, as they are new to the program. I will be explaining our grading protocol during the second rotation (7:00-7:40). This information is for first and second grade only. Kindergarten students in the Structured Learning Lab program do not receive the traditional district report card because they are on alternate curriculum. Information from both presentations will be available on my Edlio site.

Special Activity Days

We have preliminary dates set for the four district special activity days.  These may change as things come up, but are typically fairly accurate.  Our first activity is always bowling, which will be October 20th.  This event is open to families to come and watch.  You will also have the opportunity to take your child home after bowling is complete if you would like.  Permission slips for this will come out a few weeks before the event, from special services.  I wanted you to all be aware of these dates so you can schedule around them if you would like to attend.  
 
All dates are listed in the 'Important Dates' portion of my Edlio site.  I have indented them and put them in bold print so they would be easy for you to find.  Challenge Day, in May, is another event that parents are invited to attend and may check their children out afterward.  These days are so much fun for our students and are a true test all of the strategies we are working on building with them.

Preparing for 2017/18

      We are already beginning to plan for the new school year!  I am excited about new opportunities and trying new things.  Creekview Elementary is going to have Dr. Seuss as our school-wide theme this year.  Click the hyperlink in the title above to see the image for our theme.  You will see a few projects and photos relating to the theme as the year progresses:)
 
     I have already begun the process of planning units and activities for the upcoming year.  I'm looking forward to seeing the students again and getting down to business!